24 February 2020

England captain Steph Houghton becomes first female to win Personality of the Year award

England and Manchester City captain Steph Houghton has become the first female to win the Football Writers' Association's Personality of the Year.

Houghton played in City's game against Chelsea yesterday, before attending the awards ceremony and collecting the accolade.

The captain led England to the semi-final of the World Cup last summer and also won the FA Cup and Continental Cup with Man City last season.

Last year's winner Alan Shearer raised £223,000 for his foundation at the ceremony.

Houghton was announced as the recipient of the 2020 award last month, but had to wait until last night to formally accept the honour.

At the time it was announced, Houghton tweeted: "It is a huge honour to win such a prestigious award. There have been so many legends from the North East who I look up to who have previously won this award.

"It is testament to the growth + strength of the women’s game that a female has been acknowledged. The North East is hugely represented in the @England team and I hope it helps inspire more young girls and boys to chase their dreams. 

"I’m so proud to come from the North East! Thank you to my family always for your support!"

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